Indians owner Paul Dolan stated Monday morning that Indians fans should enjoy Lindor while he still plays for the Tribe.
Dolan has never been the type of owner to open up his pocket books and overpay for a player. The signing of Edwin Encarnacion was the most expensive signing in team history and even that one was out of Dolan’s comfort zone.
It’s time to face the facts that we already knew.
Lindor was probably not sticking around in Cleveland for too much longer.
This isn’t newly discovered information. It’s a crummy reality that has been looming around the team since the 2016 World Series run.
It sounds like Lindor is certainly on his way out now, according to the report from Zack Meisel quoting Dolan saying that he is not going to overpay for a player like Lindor.
“Enjoy him,” Dolan said when asked about keeping Lindor. “We control him for three more years. Enjoy him and then we’ll see what happens.”
This is certainly not the most comforting quote for Indians fans already worried that Lindor will not be sporting the Tribe’s red and blue for much longer.
Just months ago, Cleveland fans were petitioning to put Lindor on the famous Sherwin Williams wall that twice depicted LeBron James with his arms widespread. Now, fans are at the mercy of a penny-pinching owner who is not going to pay up to keep one of baseball’s brightest stars in Cleveland.
The Indians roster is not at all enticing to many fans as they traded away pieces and let others, like All-Star outfielder Michael Brantley, walk away in free agency.
This is probably the worst time for Dolan to go public about Lindor.
Many Indians fans were already skeptical about the Tribe heading into 2019 because of their unappealing roster.
Furthermore, Cleveland is a city that is still riding a high from the Browns acquiring Odell Beckham Jr. Right now, it seems like fans are more excited for Browns OTAs than they are for MLB Opening Day.
Lindor and Jose Ramirez are the two bright spots for the Tribe heading into their 2019 campaign. Due to injurys, they are both unlikely to play Opening Day and that will put the Indians in a very difficult position to produce runs.
But these injuries aren’t going to keep the two All-Stars sidelined forever. They’ll likely both be back in the lineup a few short weeks into the season.
With all of this in mind, the Indians are still proud owners of one of the best pitching rotations in all of baseball. A rotation that had four starters with 200 strikeouts last season, something that has never been done in the history of Major League Baseball.
A team with starting talent like Kluber, Bauer, Carrasco and Clevinger is always going to find a way to be competitive. Mix in Lindor and Ramirez and the team will find a way to get wins and stay competitive in a weak Central Division.
Let’s sit back and enjoy this ride, Indians fans. Our city has a competitive baseball team with one of the game’s brightest stars, and that’s not going to be the case for much longer.
Nick Pedone, who is really hoping to get his jersey autographed by Lindor before 2021, can be reached on his Twitter, @NickPedone12. Photo: AP.